The MPMA has been a leader in the state of Minnesota for the past 65 years in the precision manufacturing industry. Today, we continue to seek new ways to accomplish and refine our mission for the benefit of our members and our industry.
Workforce development is the foundation of MPMA's Strategic Plan, which includes:
Advocacy and Government Relations:To
be the leading voice for Minnesota’s precision manufacturing industry,
through our advocacy, to strengthen the skilled workforce.
Career Pathways and Opportunities:To
develop and coordinate integrated and progressive pathway activities
within manufacturing for parents, students, and educators from
elementary school to post high school.
Workforce Training (Incumbent Skills):Provide training support for the machinists, emerging leaders, and owners of MPMA member companies.
We are dedicated to "drive success in Minnesota precision manufacturing by strengthening the skilled workforce," by:
Being a leader in the conversations about enhancing workforce development,
an active role in legislative changes that impact manufacturers and to have a positive impact on the image and importance
of manufacturing, and
By improving business for our members by being a resource for workforce training.
To view more information about MPMA's Strategic Plan, click here.
MPMA is 300+ member companies strong, consisting of:
Precision and advanced manufacturing companies
Associate member companies who support areas such as steel,
industrial supply, machine tool dealers, heat treaters, platers, etc.
Affiliate member companies who provide financial, banking, insurance, professional development, and consultant services
Schools, colleges, and universities
As we continue to serve the precision manufacturing industry in
Minnesota, MPMA invites you to become an active member. Help us create
growth and success for our association and the
manufacturing industry in Minnesota.
In 1955 the Minnesota Tool & Die Association was founded by DeWitt Bills of World Aerospace. He gathered a group of peers whose mission it was to "elevate the contract manufacturing industry in Minnesota to a high level of endeavor and accomplishment for the mutual benefit of all concerned."
Some highlights over the past 65 years include:
1957: 40 regular members and 28 associate members. First issue of Twin City Tool & Die Association (predecessor to the MPMA Journal) is published. First dinner and dance party is held at the Minneapolis Golf Club.
1966: Name changes to Twin City Tool, Die & Precision Machining Association
1976: First Golden Gloves event is organized by Chuck Hales
1980: Name changes to Minnesota Tooling & Machine Association
1985: First Open Golf Tournament
1993: Name changes to Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association
1997: Education Foundation formed
2004: First BattleBot IQ competition, Manufacturing Tomorrow Summit held, MPMA becomes founding member of newly-created Minnesota Manufacturers' Coalition
2011: First Shoot for Scholarships
2019: First 2-day Minnesota Manufacturing Conference
To see a list of the past presidents/Board chairs of the MPMA, click here.
Since 1955 we have been the leading voice of the precision manufacturing industry in Minnesota. We drive success in precision manufacturing by being leaders in our industry and bringing about changes that improve manufacturing.
To Drive Success in Minnesota Precision Manufacturing by Strengthening the Skilled Workforce.
Workforce Development Support
Community Manufacturing Groups
Networking & Personal Development
Business Listing in Precision Manufacturing Journal magazine